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Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Review

Andy Rose | 13 Jul 2011 21:45
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There is a third-person over-the-shoulder camera which allows players to move forward, walk backwards, or slowly turn (along with a button for a quick about-face). Holding down a trigger puts the player into "ready" mode, where mobility is strictly limited, the gun is held up, and the laser sight must be guided to the target. In Resident Evil 4 this was a tense mechanic, forcing the player to choose between moving and shooting, during which the field of view was restricted further, leaving the player vulnerable to surprise attacks. While this is still true, Mercenaries' focus on constant action destroys the effect - surprise attacks lose their suspense when they happen continuously. The result is an action game with a shooting mechanic more at home in a survival-horror game, and much of the game's challenge lies in fighting against the sub-optimal aiming system. That's not to say it's a bad system, it's simply out of place in what is strictly an action game.

Like Resident Evil 5, Mercenaries 3D includes both local (though not, of course, split-screen) and online co-op multiplayer, which plays like the single player with another person running around blasting zombies with you. In most cases this is just a more hectic way to play, though the potential exists for organized players to design effective cooperative strategies.

If you've played the Mercenaries minigame and really enjoyed it, this is a faithful adaptation that includes unlockables as well as both local and internet multiplayer. If you're looking for something to spend extended amounts of time with, there are better choices, but if you're looking for something to fill a few minutes here and there and like the idea of an arcade shooter using Resident Evil mechanics, Mercenaries will do the trick.

Please note, however, that Mercenaries 3D does not allow players to erase their save data. This means that purchasing a used copy will result in a partially or completely unlocked game, which may reduce the replay value. Additionally, some retailers will not accept the game as a trade-in, and its resale value may be severely diminished. This has not been factored into the review score, but it is something to consider before buying.

Bottom Line: An accurate port of the Resident Evil Mercenaries minigame - and that's all it is.

Recommendation: An entertaining arcade experience, but lacking in depth. It's worth your money if you're a big Mercenaries fan or want a polished arcade shooter to kill five minutes with occasionally, but don't expect much beyond that.

Game: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
Genre: Shooter
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform(s): 3DS
Available from: Amazon(US), GameStop(US), Amazon(UK), Play.com(UK)

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